Franck Dangereux and Sydda Essop will be at the Good Food and Wine Show, which is being held at the Cape Town Internation Convention Centre from Thursday 23 to Sunday 26 May.
Catch Dangereux, author of Feast at Home, on Friday at the Real Food Theatre at 10:30 AM and at the Brilliant Baking Theatre at 1 PM. Essop, author of Karoo Kitchen will be appearing on Saturday at 12 PM.
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The launch on Tuesday evening of The Development of Competition Law and Economics, edited by Kasturi Moodaliyar and Simon Roberts, was held in the Tapestry Room at the Origins Centre, hosted by the HSRC Press, the Competition Commission South Africa and the Mandela Institute at Wits University. The publication is described as meeting the need for a critical evaluation of the developments in the field of competition law since the Competition Act came into force in 1999.
Editor Kasturi Moodaliyar paid tribute to the authors of the various chapters in this book and introduced guest speaker David Lewis, former Chairperson of the Competition Tribunal. Now Executive Director of Corruption Watch, he is an acknowledged champion in the fight against corruption who has played a major role in forcing business to toe the line.
In his address, David Lewis mentioned that this publication records the tenth anniversary of the first Competition Conference, now an annual event, and said that he had five main observations about the book, and also a surprise.
Firstly, the standard of the papers is most impressive, especially those by the staff of the Competition Commission, and they are a reminder of the strong competition regime existing in South Africa. He hoped that a better understanding of this would grow and that there would be fewer complaints by certain sections of the media.
The book is an important collaboration between universities and the competition authorities, with an extraordinary level of engagement of international academics, which has enriched everyone involved.
The importance of these activities and the publication of this type of account – along with regular conferences of the competition authorities – is the preservation of institutional memory and knowledge, which is vital for maintaining standards.
Lewis said it was interesting that in the second decade of their existence the competition authorities would have to tackle a case like the “Walmart fiasco”, and he was proud of the Competition Commission and the Competition Tribunal for standing their ground on this issue. The authorities need to be wary of the public as well as private restraints on competition, and be wary also of state-owned enterprises and their intent. There are attempts to introduce anti-competition legislation, such as the business regulation bill, which could open the door to corruption and barriers to entry.
Lastly, Lewis mentioned that there had been much talk of amendments to the Competition Act for the past four years, and this should now be addressed. Lewis hoped that market enquiries would feature widely in the next decade and noted that the job of the authorities is to promote competition, not prevent it.
The surprise turned out to be the announcement of the publication of Lewis’s own book, a series of essays on competition law. Tongue in cheek, he said it was exorbitantly priced and hardly worth the money, and so he had brought three copies to donate to the Wits Library, which was roundly applauded.
Imraan Coovadia, author of The Institute for Taxi Poetry, will be delivering a Wits Institute for Social & Economic Research (WiSER) seminar titled “Coetzee: In and Out of Cape Town” on Monday 27 May, at 3 PM.
The paper for the seminar will be available on the Friday before the talk.
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Jenny Morris, Giggling Gourmet and author of Cooking with Jenny Morris, will be appearing in the Checkers Celebrity Chef Theatre at the Good Food and Wine Show in Cape Town tonight.
Morris is speaking tonight at 7:30 PM and the Good Food and Wine Show will continue until Sunday 26 May.
Pan Macmillan presents two launches for South African AIDS Activism and Global Health Politics by Mandisa Mbali in Durban and Cape Town.
On Tuesday 28 May at 5:30 PM for 6 PM, Mbali will be in discussion with Richard Ballard of the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s School of Development Studies at Ike’s Books and Collectables.
The Book Lounge in Cape Town will host Mbali in conversation with Steven Robins on Thursday 30 May at 5:30 PM for 6 PM.
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Cape Town launch
Human & Rousseau en RSG nooi jou na die bekendstelling van Ratels deur Leon van Nierop.
Kom klink ’n glasie saam met Van Nierop, skrywer en regisseur, en kuier ook saam met die radiodrama se spelers. Dit is nie aldag wat mens ’n boek se karakters in lewende lywe sien en die storie ook op die radio kan volg nie.
Sien jou daar!